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Dec 8, 2013 8:00pm EST
quaker oats, johnson & johnson, honeywell, motorola, and ibm claim to have saved millions after instituting wellness programs. but all that good health might not necessarily make for the best workforce. the city of north miami, florida, used to require that all its new police officers be non-smokers. but two years ago, the city quietly dropped the smoking ban. gwendolyn boyd is the city's chief of police. >> we realized that at best we may save 5% on our insurance premium. but now we're having a problem with trying to recruit and hire highly-qualified candidates, and we're competing against agencies that do not have that policy. >> did dropping the policy dramatically change that? were you able to find qualified people? >> i would have to say unequivocally yes. >> officer juan mayato believes that the city ultimately learned that those smokers more often than not made pretty good cops. >> i mean, what does smoking have to do with the way you perform your job out here? there's a lot of people that smoke that are well qualified for this job, and it doesn't affect them. and, you kn
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less cautious? >> some manufacturers have chosen more cautious. cosmetics maker avon, johnson and johnson, and s.c. johnson, on their own initiative, are taking all phthalates out of their products. cal dooley of the american chemistry council. is there a panic out there? >> no, i don't think there's a panic. >> what would you call it, 'cause-- >> you know, there are some consumers out there that have some concerns about our products, and we respect that. >> i guess what i'm asking is, is the word "phthalate" now-- does it have such a stigma that the companies are going to demand you find alternatives because they're too afraid that people won't buy their products? >> no, we're not concerned about that. we understand that consumers really value the products that contain phthalates. the market is still strong there. we're going to continue to produce them. >> so while scientists and the epa search for a definitive answer on whether phthalates are harmful or not, the question for the rest of us is, should we take precautions now? if i said to you, "are phthalates harmful to humans,"